The affordable Infinix Hot Pro 4 will be put to test in our latest review. Would it be enough to stand out amidst the sea of affordable smartphones?
At first glance, you won’t know that this phone is the Hot Pro 4 unless you check the backing where the Infinix moniker is located, furthermore, the rear camera w/ LED flash is accompanied by the fingerprint sensor right below. The speaker grille is also found at the back which is situated at the bottom portion.
Removing the plastic backing will provide you the non-removable battery, two sim card slots, and a microSD card slot. Moving to the front, its chin will be housing the non-backlit capacitive keys. To add some premium feel on the device, the frame is made of metal with the 3.55mm headphone jack sitting at the top, microUSB port at the bottom and power button and volume rocker on the right side.
Its overall design might not be appealing to everyone but the build is pretty sturdy despite its plastic backing.
The 5.5-inch IPS LCD HD display produces 267 ppi that might disappoint some users but this will actually compliment the 4000mAh battery for lower power consumption. As expected, it has natural colors with good viewing angles but using it in direct sunlight would be a task for this one.
The Hot 4 Pro is using a 13MP autofocus camera with LED flash that performed decently in daylit scenarios.
Outdoor shots in broad daylight can produce good details and natural colors that lean a bit on the saturated side.
Same can be said on indoor shooting with decent lighting but overexposes bright areas.
Low-light shooting though was a struggle for the camera that resulted in blurry images. A steady hand is needed in case you want to have a clear shot at night.
The 5MP selfie camera performed fairly average with sufficient lighting. The front soft light flash though will aid for low-light scenarios but with noticeable noise on the image.
The main camera can record up to 720p @ 30fps with accurate colors but with oversharpened details.
Under the hood is a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.3GHz, Mali-T720 GPU paired with 2GB RAM. It runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 with XOS 2.0 on top that includes an app drawer in the menu. It was able to score 25K in Antutu benchmark that is around the entry-level category but real-world performance provided more than that.
Basic tasks are pretty much a cinch for this phone with a bit of mid-range gaming that resulted in frame drops. A few opened background apps though will make the performance a bit sluggish but not that serious.
Fingerprint scanner performed average with good recognition which is actually good already for its price tag.
Overall, this is a good performer for an entry-level specification.
If there would be a game-changer here, that would be the 4000mAh battery of the Hot 4 Pro. An impressive 42hours of stand-by-time with 5 hours of screen on time was squeezed out, enough for more than a day of use.
The Hot 4 Pro is using Dirac Stereo Widening for its speaker that was loud but with mediocre quality due to excessive treble.
Pricing and Verdict
Infinix Hot Pro 4 is available for Php5,990. This pretty much falls into the low-end category but its long battery life, sturdy build, good performance, decent daylight shooting and fingerprint sensor security makes it a good buy for those who wants to use an affordable smartphone.
Infinix Hot Pro 4 Specs
Display: 5.5-inch IPS LCD 720p 267ppi
Design: metal frame, removable plastic backing
Size: 8.8mm, 175g
Chipset: MediaTek MT6737
CPU: 1.3GHz quad-core
RAM: 2GB RAM
Memory: 16GB expandable storage up to 128GB via microSD card
Main Camera: 13MP autofocus w/ LED flash
Selfie: 5MP w/ soft flash
Connectivity: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Dual SIM
Ports: 3.55mm headphone jack, microUSB port
Audio: Dirac Stereo Widening
Security: Fingerprint sensor
OS: Android Marshmallow 6.0 with XOS 2.0
Color: Mysterious Blue, Glossy Silver, Champagne Gold, Anthracite Grey
Release Date: Q4 2016